TOP 25 AVAILABLE PLAYERS
As of March 3, 2010 - 4:36pm ET

Trade Deadline Page | Top-25 | No-Trade Clauses | Rumors | List of Trades

With the 2009-10 NHL trade deadline quickly approaching, TFP has outlined some of the top names rumored to be available for trade through various newspapers, radio and television reports, cyberspace and our own league-wide sources.

As part of TFP's Trade Deadline Coverage, this page will be updated regularly and TFP's Panel of Experts will outline the values of each athlete. As the days inch closer to the deadline, some players may climb or fall off the list, while others may be added.

No. Player

Player Info.

Speculated Teams Showing Interest Status
1 Ilya Kovalchuk Ilya Kovalchuk, LW (ATL)
Cap Hit: $6.389 million | Age: 26

Thrashers GM Don Waddell has already told his captain he'll be traded. Now, it's a matter of finding the right deal for Ilya Kovalchuk.

There are plenty of teams lining up to get him, but the asking price has scared off a number of clubs.

TRADED TO NEW JERSEY
2 Ray Whitney Ray Whitney, LW (CAR)
Cap Hit: $3.5 million | Age: 37

Whitney can provide clubs with a dynamic scorer for a second line. He has a no-trade clause, but is only willing to waive it if his 'new' team gives him a contract extension.

A trade was in place with L.A., but negotiations regarding a new contract fell through. He may stay in Raleigh.

Not Traded
3 Sheldon Souray Sheldon Souray, D (EDM)
Cap Hit: $5.4 million | Age: 33

Souray is the best offensive-minded rearguard this season, but not every team can get their hands on him.

He has submitted a list of teams he'd accept a trade to, and while that limits Edmonton's options, he is expected to be moved by Mar. 3.

Not Traded
4 Alexei Ponikarovsky Alexei Ponikarovsky, RW/LW (TOR)
Cap Hit: $2.105 million | Age: 29

After making two major moves already, the Maple Leafs aren't finished.

Leafs GM Brian Burke has a lot more work to do, and that includes finding a new home for scoring winger Alexei Ponikarovsky.

TRADED TO PITTSBURGH
5 Paul Kariya Paul Kariya, LW (STL)
Cap Hit: $6 million | Age: 35

Kariya can dictate his future, as he has a no-trade clause, and a recent report claims he's interested in staying in St. Louis

The Blues are looking for a young NHL-ready forward as part of a package if they are able to move Kariya.

Not Traded
6 Peter Mueller Peter Mueller, C (PHX)
Cap Hit: $1.7 million | Age: 21

The Coyotes are buyers this season, and they have a solid asset to move in Peter Mueller.

Mueller has struggled this season, but there are a number of teams interested in this young rising star.

TRADED TO COLORADO
7 Lubomir Visnovsky Lubomir Visnovsky, D (EDM)
Cap Hit: $5.6 million | Age: 33

After Souray, there aren't too many offensive defensemen available (for sale).

The Oilers have two solid assets to move, and Visnovsky could attract a similar return to that of his present teammate.

TRADED TO ANAHEIM
8 Slava Kozlov Slava Kozlov, RW/LW (ATL)
Cap Hit: $3.667 million | Age: 37

Kozlov's had enough to Atlanta, it would appear.

The 37-year-old isn't happy with his ice time this season and is willing to waive his no-trade clause for a Stanley Cup contender.

Not Traded
9 Matt Cullen Matt Cullen, C (CAR)
Cap Hit: $2.875 million | Age: 33

He's got playoff experience and a Stanley Cup championship under his belt, and he comes at a pretty affordable price.

The Hurricanes are making major changes this season, and Cullen's likely a part of that.

TRADED TO OTTAWA
10 Shawn Horcoff Shawn Horcoff, C (EDM)
Cap Hit: $5.5 million | Age: 31

Like the Hurricanes, the Oilers will be making a barrage of deals between now and Mar. 3.

Horcoff's chances of being dealt aren't too high, primarily because of his cap hit, but that doesn't mean the Oilers won't try to package him as part of a deal.

Not Traded
11 Cam Barker Cam Barker, D (CHI)
Cap Hit: $3.083 million | Age: 23

The only way the Blackhawks part with Cam Barker this season is if the team can significantly improve its chances at capturing the Stanley Cup (and free up some cap space).

The Hawks don't want to deal Barker, but if the right deal comes along, they'll make it happen.

TRADED TO MINNESOTA
12 Scott Walker Scott Walker, RW (CAR)
Cap Hit: $2.5 million | Age: 36

Walker underwent shoulder surgery at the beginning of January and should be making his return in the coming weeks, making him a prime target to be dealt before the deadline.

The Hurricanes gave Walker a no-trade clause, so he'll have to accept any deal the team tries to complete.

TRADED TO WASHINGTON
13 Jack Johnson Jack Johnson, D (LA)
Cap Hit: $1.425 million | Age: 23

Similar to Phoenix, the Kings have a good young asset they can move to help their playoff chances this season.

Johnson's been dangled for several weeks, and while the Kings have no problem keeping him, if they can find a top-notch forward, they consider moving Johnson as part of a deal.

Not Traded
14 Marty Turco Marty Turco, G (DAL)
Cap Hit: $5.7 million | Age: 34

Turco future with the Stars remains up in the air.

The Stars are still smack in the middle of a playoff race, but with Kari Lehtonen on board and the uncertainty surrounding Dallas' desire to re-sign him, Turco could still be moved.

Not Traded
15 Rostislav Olesz Rostislav Olesz, RW (FLA)
Cap Hit: $3.125 million | Age: 24

The Panthers have been reportedly shopping Olesz for the balance of the season. It's not set in stone that they'll move him, and if they do, it won't be for prospects and draft picks.

Florida wants to get better and moving an asset like Olesz in a package could help them.

Not Yet Traded
16 Ethan Moreau Ethan Moreau, C (EDM)
Cap Hit: $2 million | Age: 34

Edmonton's captain could be on the way out in the near future.

Moreau loves Edmonton, but his style of play is better suited on a playoff contender. If the Oilers deal him, it'll simply be a part of their rebuilding plan.

Not Traded
17 Dan Hamhuis Dan Hamhuis, D (NAS)
Cap Hit: $2 million | Age: 27

Hamhuis wants to sign a new long-term contract with Nashville, but the two sides don't appear to be seeing eye-to-eye on the dollar amount.

If the Predators can't get Hamhuis locked up to an extension by Mar. 3, there's a good chance they move him.

Not Traded
18 Steve Ott Steve Ott, RW (DAL)
Cap Hit: $1.425 million | Age: 27

Ott's in the final year of his contract and is reportedly looking for upwards of $3 million per year on a new deal.

If the Stars cannot come to terms on an extension, there's a good chance the team trades him.

TBD RE-SIGNED WITH DALLAS
19 Niclas Wallin Niclas Wallin, D (CAR)
Cap Hit: $1.725 million | Age: 34

Like most of the available Hurricanes players, Wallin has a no-trade clause.

There are a number of teams interested in his services, but he's once before vetoed a trade and it's not known if he's willing to accept a move out of Raleigh.

TRADED TO SAN JOSE
20 Tomas Vokoun Tomas Vokoun, G (FLA)
Cap Hit: $5.7 million | Age: 33

There are plenty of conflicting reports surrounding Vokoun, but one thing appears certain: If the right situation presented itself, this veteran goaltender would consider waiving his no-trade clause.

So far, the Panthers haven't asked him to waive it, but that could come Mar. 1.

Not Traded
21 Marek Svatos Marek Svatos, RW (COL)
Cap Hit: $2.05 million | Age: 27

The Avalanche is trying to move Svatos to make room for an addition elsewhere.

Colorado wants to secure its playoff chances this season, and freeing up Svatos' salary will assist the team in acquiring some outside help.

Not Traded
22 Michael Ryder Michael Ryder, RW (BOS)
Cap Hit: $4 million | Age: 29

Ryder hasn't lived up to expectations this season in Boston, and the Bruins are believed to be shopping him.

Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli is looking to make additions and dealing Ryder's hefty salary will help the team's chances.

Not Yet Traded
23 Joe Corvo Joe Corvo, D (CAR)
Cap Hit: $2.625 million | Age: 32

A solid veteran with some playoff experience, Corvo could help a Cup contender.

The Hurricanes have been fielding offers and some believe it's only a matter of time before Carolina GM Jim Rutherford pulls the trigger on a trade.

TRADED TO WASHINGTON
24 Colby Armstrong Colby Armstrong, RW (ATL)
Cap Hit: $2.4 million | Age: 27

The Thrashers are very disappointed in Armstrong's play this season. He's on pace for only 26 points this year, which is half of what Atlanta wanted out of him.

Atlanta GM Don Waddell will first deal with Kovalchuk before trading away Armstrong.

Not Traded
25 raffi_torres Raffi Torres, RW (CBJ)
Cap Hit: $2.25 million | Age: 28

Torres and his wife love Columbus, but all signs point to the Blue Jackets making a move.

Torres is in the final year of his contract and it doesn't look like the two sides will be negotiating an extension.

TRADED TO BUFFALO
 
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Player Info.

Speculated Teams Showing Interest Status
26 Aaron Ward Aaron Ward, D (CAR)
Cap Hit: $2.5 million | Age: 37

A strong and reliable player on the backend, Aaron Ward could find himself skating for another team in the evening of Mar. 3.

The Hurricanes have called a re-do, and there's a good chance a few veterans are shipped out of town.

TRADED TO ANAHEIM
27 Keith Tkachuk Keith Tkachuk, C/LW (STL)
Cap Hit: $2.55 million | Age: 37

If the Blues want to clean house, the only way they part with Tkachuk is if he accepts a move out of town.

Tkachuk's a very valuable asset and can play a significant role on a Cup contender (just look at what Bill Guerin did for Pittsburgh last year).

Not Traded
28 Fredrik Modin Fredrik Modin, LW (CBJ)
Cap Hit: $3.25 million | Age: 35

Modin appears willing to waive his no-trade clause and the Blue Jackets are interested in trading him.

Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson took the Olympic break to scout the junior ranks and a deal before the deadline seems likely.

TRADED TO LOS ANGELES
29 John-Michael Liles John-Michael Liles, D (COL)
Cap Hit: $4.2 million | Age: 29

Another player the Avalanche has been trying to move for a good portion of the season is veteran defenseman John-Michael Liles.

Liles' name has been floating around the rumor mill for some time, and the addition of Kyle Quincey has made him very much available.

Not Traded
30 Sergei Kostitsyn Sergei Kostitsyn, RW/LW (MTL)
Cap Hit: $867,667 | Age: 22

The Canadiens have been patient with Sergei, but they also know they have a valuable asset in whom they can trade.

The younger Kostitsyn brother has yet to reach his potential and at 22-years of age, he could be packaged for a nice return.

Not Traded
 
KEEP AN EYE ON...
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Player Info.

Speculated Teams Showing Interest Status
- Vincent Lecavalier Vincent Lecavalier, C (TB)
Cap Hit: $7.727 million | Age: 29

Lightning GM Brian Lawton says he isn't trading Vinny Lecavalier, but that hasn't stopped reports him suggesting otherwise. Often where there's smoke, there's fire... just ask Calgary GM Darryl Sutter.

For now, he's not set to be dealt, but we'll keep a close eye on him.

Not Traded

 

- Scott Niedermayer Scott Niedermayer, D (ANA)
Cap Hit: $6.75 million | Age: 36

Even though he doesn't have a no-trade clause, the Ducks are giving Niedermayer the ability to dictate his future.

Teams are calling, but GM Bob Murray hasn't given it much thought. If the Ducks fall, he'll ask Niedermayer whether or not he wants to be moved.

Not Traded
- Jaroslav Halak Jaroslav Halak, G (MTL)
Cap Hit: $775,000 | Age: 24

With the way Halak has been playing this season, the Canadiens need him if they want to make the playoffs.

That being said, if GM Bob Gainey gets an offer he simply cannot refuse, a deal will be consummated.

Not Traded
- Rod Brind'Amour Rod Brind'Amour, C (CAR)
Cap Hit: $3.6 million | Age: 39

His salary might be an issue, but if the Carolina Hurricanes can find the right suitor, there's a chance Brind'Amour will be dealt by the deadline.

There have been some linking Brind'Amour to a return to Philly, though a few other unconfirmed teams have inquired.

Not Traded
- Barret Jackman Barret Jackman, D (STL)
Cap Hit: $3.625 million | Age: 28

Jackman has a no-trade clause and the Blues love what he brings to the table.

But if Kariya's (and/or others are) dealt, the Blues might think about dealing Jackman if the right offer comes along.

Not Traded
- Martin Biron Martin Biron, G (NYI)
Cap Hit: $1.4 million | Age: 32

It'll come down to Biron or Dwayne Roloson, but the Islanders would prefer to part with Biron.

Roloson could command a higher return, but the Isles are still in the playoff hunt and want to move Biron to free up some cap space to acquire a top-six forward.

Not Traded
- Kari Lehtonen Kari Lehtonen, G (ATL)
Cap Hit: $3 million | Age: 26

The Thrashers seem pretty set on moving Lehtonen at some point.

If a trade isn't made before Mar. 3, Atlanta GM Don Waddell will look to pull the trigger in the summer around the NHL Entry Draft.

TRADED TO DALLAS

 

 

 

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